Okpozu: Presidency apologises for errors in board members listing

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    Late Senator Francis Okpozo: resurfaced as chairman of the Nigerian Press Council

    The Buhari presidency has acknowledged and apologised for the errors made in itemizing late Senator Francis Okpozu and two others amongst chairmen and members of boards of presidency companies and parastatals.

    The President’s spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu admitted the errors and stated “no human undertaking can be free of mistakes”.

    He stated the errors recognized with the listing weren’t sufficient to explain the train as scandalous, insisting that “there is no scandal”.

    The President’s spokesman defined that the names of lifeless appointees within the listing happened as a result of the listing had been compiled by the previous Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Babachir David Lawal.

    Garba Shehu stated “the list has a history” which defined the controversy round it.

    He stated, “In 2015, Mr. President requested all state chapters of the party to submit names of 50 party members for board appointments,” Shehu stated.

    He stated the names the place compiled by the nationwide secretariat of the APC and forwarded to the then secretary to the federal government of the federation, Babachir Lawal.

    “However, complaint arose from some governors who felt they were not carried along in the process. To answer this, the president constituted a committee under the vice president to review and reflect the interest of the governors”.

    Shehu stated motion was delayed on the report of the committee headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as President Muhammadu Buhari took ailing.

    “The president’s journeys for medical consideration slowed down completion of the method.

    “The current SGF was only directed to complete that process by releasing the list which he apparently did without altering it,” Mallam Shehu defined.

    Three names of lifeless individuals had been contained within the listing. Among them was Senator Francis Okpozo. He was appointed chairman of the Nigerian Press Council.

    Okpozo, a Second Republic Senator from Delta state died in December 2016 on the age of 81. President Muhammadu Buhari despatched a letter of condolence to the household and eulogised him for championing social justice within the Niger Delta, throughout his lengthy historical past of service to the folks.

    Chief Donald Ugbaja, appointed a member of the Consumer Protection Council (CPC), died on the 29th of November, 2017.

    Reverend Christopher Utov who was appointed member of the Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research, died in March of 2017.

    President Muhammadu Buhari had arrange in October 2015 a Presidential Committee headed by the previous SGF, Babachir Lawal to suggest folks to be appointed to authorities boards and companies. Members of the board had been drawn from the six geo-political Zones of the Federation.

    The members had been Alhaji Mai Mala Buni (northeast), Alhaji Zakari Ede (northcentral), Alhaji Inuwa Abdulkadir (northwest), Chief Hillard Etagbo Eta (south-south), Chief Pius Akinyelure (southwest), Chief Emmanuel Eneukwe (southeast) and Mr. Gideon Sammani, a senior particular assistant to the president as secretary

    In November 2016, President Buhari eliminated Babachir from headship of the committee, following some allegations made in opposition to Babachir.

    Vice President Osinbajo was requested to take over. The chairman of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agencies (NDLEA) Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah was additionally appointed to move the secretariat of the committee.

    Part of Osinbajo’s mandate was to satisfy all of the stakeholders, together with the Senate President Bukola Saraki, House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara, Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) Chairman Abdulaziz Yari, APC Governors Forum Chairman Rochas Okorocha and representatives of the governors in every of the six geopolitical zones.

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